Developmental Specialist / Teacher of Visually Impaired/ Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Basic Information

Date posted: 04/29/2022

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Posted by: Cleveland Sight Center

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Contact Information


University Circle
1909 East 101st Street
Cleveland, OH 44106



More Details


  1. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Special Education and certification in Early Intervention (Developmental Specialist through DODD or ability to obtain) OR licensure as a Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI) or Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS) in Ohio (or ability to obtain Ohio license)
  2. Experience:  One-year teaching or equivalent in related fields.
  3. Skills: Knowledge of principles of education of children with disabilities. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Ability to formally assess needs, develop and implement strategies/interventions via  Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP)          Ability to work as a team member. Knowledge of visual impairments and community services.  Ability to work with diverse parents/caregivers and children
  4. Travel:  Must be able to perform frequent travel to multiple counties surrounding Cuyahoga that may include Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Mahoning, Summit, and Trumbull, or others using personal  vehicle with mileage reimbursement.

Job Description

Would you love a career doing what you do best, helping infants and toddlers with special needs?  Are you an expert at developing Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs)?  Have you worked with an interdisciplinary team including families and Early Intervention teams through county boards of DD? If this describes you and you want to work at the premier organization that serves clients of all ages who are blind or have low vision, come work at Cleveland Sight Center!

POSITION:      Developmental Specialist / Teacher of Visually Impaired/ Orientation and Mobility Specialist

BASIC FUNCTIONThrough the education and case management of children (ages birth to the third birthday) with visual impairments and their families, and under the supervision of the Manager of Early Childhood Services, implement the philosophy and services of the Early Intervention Program and the Children & Young Adult Services (CYAS) department. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Primarily through home visits, conduct initial child assessments and reassessments annually (or within 12 months of previous assessment).  Review all available medical, educational and/or other relevant information.  Write reports, review with families, and upload to electronic health record.
  2. Determine child and family service needs.  Make relevant referrals and maintain appropriate communication within Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) and staff  of other agencies servicing the child and/or family.  Assist in obtaining all registration paperwork from families at intake and subsequent updated releases of information throughout duration of Early Intervention (EI) services.
  3. Write and implement Individualized Service Plans for child/family after initial assessment and update every 6 months with family OR for children on whose IFSPs you are on the grid of services with local county EI programs, ensure accuracy of our services/credentials and keep current/active copy in electronic health record.  Participate with county partners in all aspects of IFSP development and services as appropriate.
  4. Write all necessary client assessment reports, service plans, or other data/reports and correspondence within expected timelines set by Manager. Enter case notes per agency standard timeline.  Maintain client files according to CYAS, agency and CARF guidelines. All documents should be uploaded into the electronic health record.
  5. Develop and implement center-based class (if appropriate) and home lesson plans, strategies/interventions.  Provide instruction and training to children and families within home, center (CSC) or community-based setting.  Virtual services may also be offered if appropriate.
  6. Serve as liaison to other programs and services and advocate for children and their families. Provide information on all center programs and services to families, as needed.
  7. Participate in transition planning and attend the Transition Planning Conferences, (ETR and IEP meetings at request of parents, when possible) for children on your caseload to ensure smooth transitions to special education preschools or other programs of parents’ choosing.
  8.  Coordinate and collaborate with supervisor on needed support for children/families on your caseload and advise regarding any barriers to service provision.
  9. Assist supervisor with identification of children to register for Federal Quota (FQ), help obtain necessary forms to support the registration from parents/guardians (as needed) throughout the year.
  10. Provide public education through written materials, virtually, and/or make public presentations when requested by supervisor.
  11. Attend seminars, workshops or classes to maintain current certification and/or to acquire training and certification in assessment and intervention methods of working with children with visual impairments related to Early Intervention procedures and models, Pre-braille/Braille, Orientation & Mobility, CVI (Neurological Visual Impairments) and other relevant topics in the education of infants, toddlers and preschoolers with visual impairments.
  12. EI staff with COMS/CVI/TVI credential(s) may be expected to assist colleagues and co-workers in CYAS as needed or necessary.
  13. According to program philosophy, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and CARF regulations, organize and maintain appropriate and sanitized instructional materials and supplies.
  14. The successful employee will have a valid driver’s license in the State of Ohio with daily access to an insured


  1. Travel to and from outside appointments not utilizing public transportation
  2. Makes assessments, referrals, report writing, plan education programs, provide public education, provide service coordination
  3. Ability to use and input into software applications and EHR database
  4. Provide program support as needed to CYAS programs and activities
  5. Provide direct service to clients and families
  6. Work flexible hours to meet the needs of families
  7. Maintain physical requirements of position
  8. Maintain auto insurance in compliance with agency policy